The 74th Eastern Snow Conference (ESC) will be held at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, 6-8 June, 2017

Meeting Information

The 74th Annual Eastern Snow Conference (ESC) will be held at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, 6-8 June, 2017. The scientific program is open to sessions on theoretical, experimental, and operational studies of snow, ice, and winter hydrology.  This year’s general theme is Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere.

The final program for the 74th Annual ESC is now available.

Students are encouraged to enter the ESC Student Paper Competitions. The winner of the best submitted student paper will receive the Wiesnet Medal, a $750 prize. The Campbell Scientific Canada Award of $500 will be awarded to a Canadian Student submitting a paper demonstrating the most innovative use of technology in the gathering of data. In addition, the David Hewitt Miller Student Poster Award of $100 will be awarded to the best student poster.

All submitted papers will be published in the ESC Proceedings and a style sheet for Microsoft Word is available to guide authors in their submissions

Prelimary Program

Tuesday, June 6
3:00pm-5:00pm: setup for exhibitors at conference venue, room FSS 4004, University of Ottawa
6:00pm-9:00pm: registration and icebreaker at Café Nostalgica, University of Ottawa

Wednesday, June 7
8:30am-5:00pm: talks and posters, room FSS4004, University of Ottawa
6:00pm-9:00pm: banquet dinner, Al’s Steakhouse, 327 Elgin St., Ottawa. After-dinner talk by invited speaker.

Thursday, June 8
08:30am-1:00pm: talks and posters, room FSS4004, University of Ottawa
1:00pm-5:00pm: field trip to Canadian Space Agency satellite ground station and exposed subglacial landforms, Cantley, Quebec

Note that registration fee includes all activities: drink and food at icebreaker;  drinks and food  at morning, lunch and afternoon breaks; banquet; transportation for fieldtrip

Field Trip

This year will feature a field trip to the CAS satellite ground station. If you would like to attend the field trip you will need to contact the Program Chair ( by email and provide the following information ; Name, DOB, Passport Number, Country, Government Dept/Company. For foreign visitors this information is required 3 weeks before the visit and for Canadian citizens 2 weeks are required. Participants will also need to provide a scanned copy of their passport (for non-Canadians) or their passport or other ID (for Canadians)​.


There are two ways to register for this year's conference.

1) Use one of the two following links for online payment using a credit card

  • Please follow this link for the English version
  • Please follow this link for French version

2) Fill out the registration form and mail your registrtion in registration form for the conference can be downloaded here.

Registration should be completed by May 19, 2017.


A block of discounted rooms has been reserved at University of Ottawa residences between June 5 and June 8:

  • Modern 2 bedroom hotel-style suite: $110+tax/night (90 University, adjacent to venue)
  • Modern 1 bedroom hotel-style suite: $110+tax/night (Rideau St, 10 min walk to venue)
  • Traditional double room: $30+tax/person (90 University, adjacent to venue ; non air conditioned)
  • Traditional single room: $30+tax/room (90 University, adjacent to venue; non air conditioned)

Reservations can be made online at by using promotional code ESC2017. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-888-564-4545 or emailing, quoting group name ESC2017 and reservation number 30879. A non-refundable deposit equivalent to 1 night stay is due at time of booking, with balance to be paid upon arrival. Bookings must be made by May 1, 2017 to guarantee availability.

There are also many hotels and hostels within a 10-15 min walk of the University of Ottawa, such as Novotel, Les Suites, Westin, Lord Elgin, Ottawa Jail Hostel and Barefoot Hostel.



Information on Past ESC Meetings

OrganizationAnnual MeetingProceedings and Past Meetings |Student Paper Competition Corporate MembersLinks